• NHS Digital board member Beverley Bryant to leave for private sector role
  • Bryant’s exit is second top level NHS Digital departure in five months
  • Bryant to join System C & Graphnet Care Alliance

NHS Digital senior director Beverley Bryant is set to leave the organisation for a private sector role after just under a year in post, HSJ can reveal.

The organisation’s director of digital transformation, who joined from NHS England last June, will become chief operating officer of health and social care technology provider the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance from August.

Ms Bryant is the second of NHS Digital’s most senior team to leave the organisation within the last five months following the departure of the chief executive in March. Her departure also comes just a month after Home Office chief technology official Sarah Wilkinson was chosen to replace Andy Williams as chief executive, as exclusively revealed by HSJ.

Ms Bryant was one of just four senior executive members sitting under the chief executive. NHS Digital has not yet commented on who will replace Ms Bryant. The former Department of Health chief information officer, has long been viewed as an enthusiastic and effective champion for the NHS digital agenda.

Senior digital figures privately told HSJ her departure from the national role would be viewed by many in the sector as a loss for the NHS’s digital agenda.

The provider said she would join the boards of both System C and Graphnet and advise on strategy, delivery and business development.

Ms Bryant was a senior figure at NHS England during the development of the Personalised Health and Care 2020 strategy, which represented a digital delivery plan for much of the ambitions set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View. She also headed up the NHS E-Referral Service and the Patient Online programme while at NHS England.

She has already held senior industry roles. Prior to joining NHS England in 2013, she was managing director of Capita Health two and half years.

Markus Bolton, joint chief executive and founder of System C, and director of Graphnet, said in a statement: “Beverley is the leading light of healthcare informatics…It is now time to drive forward the roll out of mobile clinical and digital excellence solutions and extended shared care records across the UK. There is a lot of work to do and Beverley will make a huge contribution to our capacity and capability at a board level.”

Ms Bryant said in a statement: “The System C & Graphnet Care Alliance stand out for me because they work across the whole health and social care economy. They have real drive, a substantial user base and an excellent delivery record. I am really pleased and excited to be joining the supplier community to help drive real change at such a critical moment.”